The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, and signings in the Lone Star State


Due to COVID-19 cancellations and closings,

most events in this week’s calendar are online.

(* Denotes nonvirtual, on-location events)

Bookish Texas • Events Around the State

The most comprehensive listing of book and author events, festivals, readings, lectures, and signings in the Lone Star State

Don't see your book or literary event here? Email with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.

Bookish goings-on in Texas

compiled exclusively for Lone Star Literary Life

by Texas Book Lover

FOR THE WEEK OF 03.21.2021

Please scroll down for the story time section


Annual Voices de la Luna Gala + 50th issue celebration, March 21, VIRTUAL

27th annual Beall Poetry Festival, March 24-26, VIRTUAL

Dallas Literary Festival, March 26-28, VIRTUAL



*Abilene, The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature: A David Small World, February 11-May 22

*Irving, Lonesome Dove, a Humanities Texas traveling exhibition, March 6–July 11



Houston Sisters in Crime, Meeting: March's speaker, professor and author Frankie Y. Bailey, will speak on Writers and Diversity, 2PM ZOOM [email for link]

JCC Dallas, BookFest In Your Living Room Presents: Lisa Scottoline discussing Eternal: A Novel, in conversation with Holly Firfer, 7PM ZOOM



SMU, Simon Miles discussing Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War, 6PM WEBINAR

Blue Willow Books, Rick Bass discussing Fortunate Son, with special guests Dr. Michelle Lute, Pam Harte, and Olive Spitzmiller (moderated by Michael Berryhill), 7PM ZOOM

Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live: Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers, and Chang-rae Lee, author of My Year Abroad, in conversation with Texas Book Festival Executive Director Lois Kim, 7PM ONLINE [ticketed]

The Dock Bookshop, Medical Bondage - A conversation with Dr. Deirdre Owens, 7PM CROWDCAST

JCC Houston, Jennifer Steinhauer discussing The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress, 7:30PM ONLINE

Denton Public Library, Professor’s Corner: Texas Poets Laureate  karla k. morton and Alan Birkelbach discussing The National Parks: A Century of Grace, 7PM ZOOM [email for link]

Barbed Wire Open Mic Series, Stay at Home open mic, 8PM (MST) ZOOM (YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM)


*Langdon Cultural & Education Center, Granbury Writers Bloc meeting: writing exercise and critique sessions with Peggy Purser Freeman, 6PM [also on ZOOM]



Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center, Johnnie Bernhard discussing Sisters of the Undertow, 10AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Rise Recovery, On Revival and Courage: A Virtual Event Featuring Anne Lamott, author of Dusk Night Dawn, 11AM [ticketed]

Blue Willow Books, Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long launching Someone Builds the Dream, 5PM ZOOM

Harris County Public Library, Hope & Change with Deborah Wiles, author of Kent State, and Ibi Zoboi, author of Punching the Air, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Murder By the Book, Heather Graham, author of Danger in Numbers, in conversation with R. L. Stine, 6PM CROWDCAST [ticketed]

World Affairs Council – DFW, Admiral James Stavridis, USN (ret.) and Elliot Ackerman presenting 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, 6PM WEBINAR

BookPeople, Glenn Frankel discussing Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic, 7PM ZOOM

National Black Book Festival, Black Authors Matter TV, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Texas Tech, Sowell Virtual Reading Series: Toni Jensen, author of Carry, in conversation with Jill Patterson, 7PM ZOOM

The Writing Barn, Industry Webinar: You Need Help! Interns are the Answer with Rebekah Manley, 7PM

Austin Poetry Slam, virtual open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE

The Dock Bookshop, virtual poetry open mic, 8PM INSTAGRAM LIVE, ZOOM

Puroslam, virtual poetry slam, 10PM ZOOM



UT Arlington, Lola Olufemi, author of Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power, will speak about everyone's role in feminism, 12PM & 6PM ONLINE

Harris County Public Library, A Conversation with Leah Johnson, author of You Should See Me in a Crown, and Tobly McSmith, author of Stay Gold, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

World Affairs Council – Greater Houston, Walter Isaacson discussing The Code Breaker, 5PM ONLINE

Writers’ League of Texas, "Crafting a Nonfiction Book Proposal" with Jessica Wilbanks, 6:30PM ZOOM

BookPeople, Susan McPherson discussing The Lost Art of Connecting, 7PM ZOOM

Murder By the Book, Jacqueline Winspear discussing The Consequences of Fear, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

TAMIU, author Dr. Scott Manning Stevens speaking on Native American and the Other Border, 7PM ONLINE

Sun Poet's Society, Open-Mic Poetry Readings, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Write About Now, online poetry open mic, 8PM FACEBOOK LIVE



TSLAC, Texas Center for the Book: How to Participate in Read Across Texas, 11AM ZOOM

BookPeople, Christina Soontornvat and Lauren Castillo present The Ramble Shamble Children, 1PM VIRTUAL [exclusively for school audiences]

Trinity University, Packing a Punch: Concision, Intensity, and Violence in Fiction and Nonfiction, A reading and Q&A with Joy Castro, 1PM ONLINE

Harris County Public Library, A Conversation with Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, author of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything, 5PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Texas Book Festival, a conversation between Justin Deabler, author of Lone Stars, and TBF Literary Director Matt Patin, 5:30PM ZOOM [registration required]

Fort Worth Library, Kaya McLaren presents What's Worth Keeping, 6:30PM ONLINE

The Writing Barn, More than a Model Minority: Challenging Stereotypes of the East Asian and Southeast Asian Community with literary agent Wendi Gu, author Mae Respicio, and executive editor Jenny Bak (moderated by Nicole Chen), 6:30PM ONLINE

Gemini Ink, Inner Craft—An Open Genre Workshop with National Book Award Finalist Reginald Gibbons, 6:30PM ZOOM

Blue Willow Books, James Haley discussing Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas with Valerie Koehler, 7PM ZOOM

Brazos Bookstore, Ryan Sitton discussing Crucial Decisions with Jason Lee, 7PM

Murder By the Book, Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow, in conversation with Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl, 7PM FB & YT LIVE

JCC Dallas, Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Sue Monk Kidd discussing The Book of Longings with Greg Changnon, 7PM ONLINE

Write Art Out, Words & Sh*t featuring Natalia Trevino, 7:30PM ONLINE

Katy Budget Books, Raising Men: A Virtual Parenting Panel with authors Emma Brown, Deb Canja, and Aaron Gouveia, 8PM ZOOM


*The Boerne Bookshop, workshop: The Write Side of the Road with Jason M. Waltz, 6PM



BookWoman, Zoom Cafe with novelists with Lynn Miller and Elisabeth McKetta, 10:30AM

Houston Public Library, Books Alive!: Marissa Valdez, illustrator of Ambitious Girl, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Gulf Coast Journal, Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Vievee Francis, Rohan Chhetri, fey i. kamba, and Colby Ornell, 7PM FACEBOOK LIVE


*Heroes Lounge, Dallas Poetry Slam, 8PM



Writers’ League of Texas, workshop: "Final Pages, Final Paragraphs: Crafting the Right Ending for Fiction" with Chaitali Sen, 10AM ZOOM

Gemini Ink, “Writing. Witnessing. Wishing.” A Nonfiction Workshop with Award-Winning Author Norma Cantú, 10AM ZOOM

ACFW—The Woodlands, writing workshop with Allie Pleiter, 12PM ZOOM

Tumblewords Project, workshop: “Do haikus dream of animated gifs?” with León de la Rosa Carrillo, 1PM (MST) ZOOM  

WITS, Space City Slam youth poetry workshop with Bill Moran, 1PM ZOOM

Writespace, workshop: “Crafting Unconventional Narratives” with Mark Haber, 1PM ONLINE

BookPeople, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham present Itty Bitty Kitty Corn, 2PM ZOOM

Austin Bat Cave, workshop: Intro to Food Writing with Sarah Rafael García, 2PM ONLINE

Writing Workshops Dallas & Gemini Ink, The Big Texas Read: Ain’t Nobody Nobody by Heather Harper Ellett, 3PM ZOOM

Monkey & Dog, Ghostwriting Webinar with Hannah Edington Tekle, 3PM ZOOM [FREE; registration required]

Veliz Books, Naomi Washer launches Subjects We Left Out, 7PM VIRTUAL

San Antonio

*The Twig Book Shop, Tiffany Alexandria reading and signing Barbra & Benny Love-Bot Save Robotopia, 11AM OUTDOORS



Dallas Museum of Art, Arts & Letters Live (with the Dallas Literary Festival): Hala Alyan, author of The Arsonists’ City, and Patricia Lockwood, author of No One Is Talking about This, in conversation with Mira Jacob, 2PM ONLINE

Museum of South Texas History, Sunday Speaker Series: Martin Salinas, author of Indians of the Rio Grande Delta: Their Role in the History of Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

Inprint, workshop: Inprint invites members of the Houston Taiwanese Community Center to a story writing event, in connection with the mural project “Time in a Tide Pool,” led by Houston writer Josie Mitchell (translation and assistance provided by Patrick Huang), 4PM ZOOM



Texian Books, tiny Texians story time, F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Harris County Public Libraries - Fairbanks Branch: a variety of story times throughout the week

San Antonio Public Library, children’s story times throughout the week

El Paso Public Library, a variety of children’s programming throughout the week FACEBOOK LIVE

Houston Public Library, virtual story time, daily, times vary

Lark & Owl Booksellers, Super Silly Story Time, M, W & F, 9:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Leaves Books & Tea, read-aloud story time, T-Th, 2PM FACEBOOK LIVE

The Doseum, virtual story time, days & times vary

Dallas Public Library, children’s story time, T & Th, 10:30AM ZOOM

North Richland Hills Library, virtual story time, T, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Old Town Books, children’s story time, T & F, 10:30AM FACEBOOK LIVE

Laredo Public Libraries, story time live, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

Irving Public Library, online story time, days & times vary, YOUTUBE

The Twig Book Shop, Miss Anastasia online story time, F, 10:30AM INSTAGRAM LIVE

Brazos Bookstore, virtual story time, Sat, 11AM FACEBOOK LIVE



Don't see your book or literary event here? Email with your complete info two weeks in advance of the issue in which your event is scheduled, and we'll include it.